“Cherish your solitude. Take trains by yourself to places you have never been. Sleep out alone under the stars. Learn how to drive a stick shift. Go so far away that you stop being afraid of not coming back. Say no when you don’t want to do something. Say yes if your instincts are strong, even if everyone around you disagrees. Decide whether you want to be liked or admired. Decide if fitting in is more important than finding out what you’re doing here. Believe in kissing.” ― Eve Ensler
Every so often, I like to take a ‘time out’ … to reflect and to dream and, yes, to write. Not blogs, but books.
There is no better tonic, in my view, for cleansing emotional toxins and for clearing the mind than the sound of quiet.
Some call it meditation.
For me, it doesn’t involve stretching or sitting in the lotus position or chanting “Om” …. it simply means that I spend some solitary time, enjoying my own company – no phone calls, no Skype, no visitors. My husband, cats and dog respect my solitude and always greet me with a smile, a purr and a wag when I resurface.
Taking the time to breathe and rapture in the sound of quiet is not a luxury. It’s a necessity, a sanity check.
Yes, we all live hectic and busy lives. There’s so much noise all around us. However, I cannot stress enough how imperative it is for each of us to take the time (make the time) to be still and quiet. By “still” I don’t necessarily mean sitting still, but being still in oneself. I do that while gardening, working on a home renovation project, reading, taking a long walk and, of course, writing.
I hope that you will take some time out… just for yourself. Be still. Rejuvenate. Above all, be well.
And so, I’ll sign off for now.
“Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.” – William Powell